6 public health TED/TEDx talks from 2020

Podcasts, blogs and videos are the 21st century way to gain information, easily shareable and engageable through social media- contemporary to the traditional textbook. I personally love to watch a quick video during downtime or while preparing/eating a meal.

In 2018 and 2019, we shared sets of six TED/TEDx talks related to public health from the year before and they were very well-received. With the rising awareness of public health over the pandemic, we thought, why not write a similar post?

Below is a collection of TED/TEDx talks released in 2020.

One Health in an Age of Climate Change, Extinctions, and a Pandemic
Sharon Deem | TEDxStLouis

“If COVID has taught us anything, it’s that our human health is dependent on the health of other species (Deem, 2020).”

How tech companies can help combat the pandemic and reshape public health
Karen DeSalvo

“And I’ll tell you, as a public health professional and as a doc, that is one of the most critical things. People need to have the right information so they can help navigate their health journey, but also especially in this pandemic because it’s going to save lives (DeSalvo, 2020).”

Addressing the Complexity of Public Health
Chris Dickey

“And so if you look at that as a complex challenge using what we call a systems approach, you’re much more likely to find something that’s going to be there that’s going to have a long lasting impact for you. (Dickey, 2020)”

How COVID-19 human challenge trials work — and why I volunteered
Sophie Rose

“In April 2020, I made what many perceive as a risky decision. I volunteered to be deliberately infected with COVID-19 (Rose, 2020).”

Why rumors about vaccines spread—and how to rebuild trust
Heidi Larson

“We have an abundance of scientific information to debunk false rumors. That’s not our problem. We have a relationship problem, not a misinformation problem. Misinformation is the symptom, not the cause (Larson, 2020).”

How cities are detoxing transportation
Monica Araya

“The lockdowns of 2020 have been tough, but they also give us a glimpse of life without the usual noise, congestion and pollution, confronting us with questions about the way we live (Araya, 2020)

Hope you enjoy(ed) these talks.

Which one(s) did you enjoy? Are there any other TED/TEDx talks from 2021 relevant to public health that’s worth sharing with the PH SPOT community? Let us know.

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.


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